MIPS 25th Anniversary Profile: Blue Infusion Technologies–Bluetooth glove for controlling smartphones

Project Manager:  Willie L. Blount Jr;  Principal InvestigatorMarc Cohen, UMD
Location:  Columbia, Maryland – Howard County;  Project Start Date:  8/1/2012

Business Description
The mission of Blue Infusion Technologies is to provide exceptional, immediate, and intuitive management of critical devices by placing necessary controls at the fingertips of operators at all times, without hindering other processes requiring the operator’s full control. Initial targets are the 19 million users in the U.S. ski and motorcycle markets, where users will be able to safely and seamlessly communicate with any Bluetooth-equipped smart phone or audio device using the BEARTek glove.

Future markets include additional international sports and leisure activities, military, law enforcement, and medicine, as multitasking, communications, and instantaneous access continue to become more of a requirement than a request.

Challenge
Blue Infusion sought to create an improved tool for controlling smartphones and their associated extended functions—functions beyond standard phone calls and music operation, including instant-alert safety features never seen before in snow sports or motor sports equipment and apparel.

MIPS Role
MIPS is assisting the Blue Infusion technical team with developing improved circuits and logic for achieving the proposed goals. In addition, MIPS project data will be an integral part of the waterproofing and environmental protections for use in various applications.

MIPS-Related Quote
“Winning an award from MIPS has further validated our idea and plan. That validation is only jet fuel on a dangerously intense flame.”
–Willie Blount, CEO, Blue Infusion

Interesting Fact
The creation of Blue Infusion Technologies led to an unexpected family reunion. Founder and CEO Willie Blount and COO Tarik Rodgers are cousins who spent their childhood in New Jersey. At the age of 11, when Tarik’s family moved to Chicago, the cousins completely lost touch. More than 25 years later, the development of the BEARTek glove has brought them back together in a new venture.

Leading up to (and beyond) the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala, each weekday we will briefly profile one (or more) of the 500+ companies that have utilized MIPS funding to bring innovations to market and create jobs in Maryland.

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